Policeman kills 62-yr-old man with hoe handle inside Kabras Police Station
A 62-year old man was on Sunday morning murdered inside Kabras Police Station by a police officer who had earlier arrested him.
The murder comes barely a fortnight after a post-mortem revealed that another man, Erick Nyariki Nyaboe, who police claimed had committed suicide inside the cell at Zimmerman Administration Police post was actually assaulted to death while in custody.
The officers initially staged a scene to appear like the suspect had committed suicide by hanging himself.
Latest reports point to an increase in police killings.
Already, the Independent Policing Oversight Authority (Ipoa) has recommended murder charges against 15 officers, a chief and his assistant following investigations into several cases reported across the country.
The files and recommendations have already been forwarded to the Office of the Director of Public Prosecution (DPP) for directions following months of investigations.
Police headquarters confirmed the death of Benson Waluvengo Benjamin who died on Sunday, March 8, 2020, while in police custody.
The deceased was arrested at about 3 am on Sunday at Litungu Bar and Restaurant in Malava town over allegation that he had assaulted Constable Elisha Arunga attached to the Kakamega North Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI).
Corporal Alois Nzuki reported that he heard some commotion from the station’s report office and on checking he found that the officer had hit the suspect on the head with a jembe handle.
The suspect was taken to Malava Sub County Hospital where he was pronounced dead on arrival.
Police headquarters on Sunday said the officer had been arrested and will be charged with murder when investigations are complete.
According to a recent Ipoa report, among the officers to be charged with murder are AP Constable Patrick Nyapara who investigations linked to the fatal shooting of Christine Naututu Maonga in March 2019, and Constable Bernard Gachau formerly of North Horr Police Station for assaulting to death, Ali Sora Bonaya.
Also recommended to be charged with murder is an AP officer attached to Waithaka Police Post for the fatal shooting of David Kariuki at Waithaka shopping centre in May 2018.
Ipoa has also written to the DPP to substitute the charges of manslaughter with murder in a case where a police officer, Alfred Odhiambo, based at Dandora Police Station shot and killed Samuel Mwangi Ndungu in April 2016.